Episode 134 - LITTLE MAN 10 FEET TALL

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Episode 134 - LITTLE MAN 10 FEET TALL

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Date: May 26, 1963

Summary: A young Italian boy wishes his father was more like Hoss.

Written by: Eric Norden and Frank Arno
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Ross Martin (Nick Biancci), Michael Davis (Mario Biancci), Denver Pyle (Sheriff)

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Re: Episode 134 - LITTLE MAN 10 FEET TALL

Post by Adamant » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:12 pm

Not my favorite episode but I do like the scene at the breakfast table when Ben hints that it's his birthday and the sons play that they haven't a clue. But it always bothers me that in the saloon, Adam and Hoss are sitting at the table with Denver Pyle who plays the sheriff (also the sheriff in the previous episode, "The Boss.") And yet, when the two miscreants pour the beer in the hat and take away the guitar, even breaking it, it's Adam and Hoss who stand up for the boy and his father, not the sheriff. The sheriff should have stepped in earlier to prevent the whole thing and although I know it's to show that Adam and Hoss won't tolerate any bullying, the sheriff should have warned the two cowboys and threatened arrest instead of leaving it up to the C's to take the law into their own hands by punching the two men.

Also, it's Ross Martin's character who is called "Little Man", not the boy, Mario. I used to assume the tile referred to Mario but it doesn't.
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Re: Episode 134 - LITTLE MAN 10 FEET TALL

Post by daisy60 » Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:37 am

Not a favorite of mine either. I couldn't understand two grown men breaking a boy's guitar for no reason. I usually skip this one.

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Re: Episode 134 - LITTLE MAN 10 FEET TALL

Post by Gillie » Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:13 pm

Not may favorite episode either, mostly because of the bullying and harshness it.

From what I know about law and order in the Old West, the local sheriff in a town was often less than an upstanding citizen dedicated to justice.
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Re: Episode 134 - LITTLE MAN 10 FEET TALL

Post by Adamant » Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:34 am

Gillie wrote:
From what I know about law and order in the Old West, the local sheriff in a town was often less than an upstanding citizen dedicated to justice.
I agree but that explanation doesn't apply to this sheriff. He arrests the men and hauls them off to jail AFTER the C's have beaten them. And maybe Hoss and Adam should have been arrested as well. The sheriff also does his job in "The Boss" although he seems a bit reluctant to arrest Boss. It just strikes me as odd and an example of poor plot devices.
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Re: Episode 134 - LITTLE MAN 10 FEET TALL

Post by PJudith » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:45 pm

Good point about the sheriff. I hadn't thought about it before. It's poor sheriff-ing (is that a word) that's probably led in part to the Cartwrights getting that high andmighty label. They can't seem to count on the sheriff so they often take matters into their own hands.

I do enjoy little Mario's guitar playing. That boy was so talented. I wonder whatever became of him. He didn't seem to pursue a career in show biz. I also saw him on an episode of The Dick van Dyke Show. He did a flamenco dance.

Interesting how Mario wanted to be like Hoss because he perceived him to be so strong and his father so weak when actually the two men had a lot in common. Hoss may have had to use his fists at times but he was essentially a peaceful man who hated violence just as much as Mario's father.

Hoss and Mario also had something in common. Both lost their mothers at a very young age because of violence. That might explain why Hoss had such a soft spot for him.

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